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What Is Brain Freeze?

Brain Freeze Explained You are enjoying a Slurpee or an ice cream cone when all of a sudden…BRAIN FREEZE!

Scientists attribute the cramping feeling of an ice headache to two main factors. When a cold item hits the back of the throat or the roof of your mouth it stimulates small blood vessels in these areas it also results in an increase in the size of a major blood vessel in the middle of the brain behind your eyes. This increase in pressure in the skull leads to that “brain freeze” pain.

Another school of thought suggests that the rapid onset of cold sensations triggers the tightening of the trigeminal nerve in the head which could also be a source of the pain. One way to help prevent the freeze is to enjoy your cold treats at a slower pace. How do you avoid/treat a brain freeze?